Thursday, September 26, 2013

Type One vs Gen Psych!

School is ranging from a wide variety of subjects, each specially packed with an overdose of   mentally-grinding information.

One of my absolutely most drawn-out, dry, and thoroughly tedious classes is ...

General Psychology

The title alone affects my very blood sugar . . . literally.

The course of Gen. Psych presents it's students with a rather interesting instructor.

 "Dr. S." 

A man in his forties, quiet, clean, sharp, ex-tank-commander, lawyer, and presently - my teacher.

He begins every period with his typical "roll call", in which he proceeds to ask if any students where having an good day.

 To me, with his same question day-in-and-day-out, it was all boredom and much too repetition to my liking. 

He would then proceed to ask how many of us where having a gloomy day.

Instead of the normal silence that normally followed, I raised my hand.

"Mr. Hatchett, why are you having a bad day?" he asked.

"Actually, my blood sugar is 350, so yeah ..." 

The number 350, "stimulated a response" in each of my classmates. 
(psychology phrase)

A few thought I should be admitted into the hospital, a couple panicked, and the rest had no idea what I was talking about.

For me, it was my first opportunity to use humor, in a very dry class, through my very own Type One Diabetes! For some, this may come as a bit "boring", but when you can make someone like "Dr. S" laugh ... you have successfully seized the day!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Life in College - with Type One Diabetes :)

There is nothing like meeting a Type One while running around in the hectic busyness of life.

While at a gas station, I was waiting in line when the guy in front of me set down his keys.

I already know what your thinking ... yes, the keys are an important detail. :) 

ON the keyring, hung a tester, actually a "OneTouch" tester. (the same as me) I quickly introduced myself, and sparked a conversation. I found out that he has been living with Type One since he was seven years old. What made this so special to me was the fact that life seemed so normal to him. Had I not seen the tester, I would never have known.

As for my new found college-life, I can pretty much sum this up in one sentence ...

My life will not be the same for four years!

College consists of a lot of studying, homework, and a good bit of pressure.

All this, plus Type One, is definitely challenging- but I know that it is good for me. Probably the hardest thing, is how little everyone at college understands about Type One. The nice thing, is that I can leave the room if I need too give a shot. A little break from the classroom is well-received on my half! :)

Well, I apologize for such a delay in a Diabetes post! I will try to keep updating my next four years of life - in college - with type one diabetes! :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

May we Never Forget!

I know this has nothing to do with Type One Diabetes, but it has everything to do with remembering to mourn for ALL those who are grieving.

May we never forget!

God bless America!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

T1T's Record Low

 This week, Daniel set a new record for the lowest number our family has seen. I decided since he lived the "experience", he should be the one to tell about it! :) 

"Well it all started when I went over to camp with my older brother Ben. Because he was late man I went to keep him company.

 It was about midnight when we both went down to the gym to play volleyball. I left my bag in the program room because I didn’t think I would need it. At about 2:00 in the morning I started to feel like I was about 80 or less, I walked up to the program room to test which took about 2 minutes. By the time I was there, I went right to the kitchen to get a pop because I knew I would need it. While I started drinking it, I walked into the program room. Immediately when I sat down it all hit me, I started to feel really sleepy and like my eyes wanted to close, I got my tester and tested, 

I was 33 (T1Trio Record ;)

When somebody is running this low (around 30), it is only a matter of minutes before they could pass out and go into a coma . . . thankfully, that wasn't the case for me! :)

Once I drank the pop, it didn’t take long for me to feel like my numbers were going up. We stayed up until 4:30, and by then I was feeling much better. I think the low has affected my numbers over the last 2 days, seeing that I have been in the 40s and 60s. I hope soon I can break some other T1Trio record, so I can post again! :)

I think Mom may disagree."

~ Daniel